Citizens United v. FEC

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NEA Joins Growing Chorus Calling for Democracy Reform

At Public Campaign and the Action Fund, we've long argued that campaign finance reform ought to be as much about bringing voters back into politics and our democracy as it is about getting big money out of elections. That means focusing on greater and more meaningful participation as the organizing principle around which we design policies.

RNC Seeks Even More Corporate Control of our Elections

This week the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a brief in federal court seeking to overturn a 1908 law (yes, 1908!) that banned corporations from giving directly to candidates. The RNC claims that due to the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v.

"No Longer Indirect or Subtle"

There has long been a "wink and a nod" between our elected officials and many special interests (and their lobbyists), but as Norman Ornstein writes in Roll Call today, after the U.S. Surpeme Court Citizens United v. FEC ruling, that isn't even necessary any more.

Now even the threat of voting the "wrong" way can bring on a torrent of independent spending that can crush the reelection hopes of lawmakers in Congress.

From the Roll Call piece:

2012 Fundraising Arms Race: Dems Seek General

The Huffington Post has a story on the 2012 campaign fundraising arms race that is well under way, and how the Democratic Party is pursuing someone who can play the role of Karl Rove. Not as a political operative, mind you, but as someone who can raise huge amounts of unregulated money to be spent by outside groups in hopes of matching the right wing machine that flexed its muscles in 2010.

Poll Shows Citizens United ruling has added to voter anger with Washington

Politico has a story today on a recent poll commissioned by Common Cause, Change Congress and Public Campaign Action Fund that shows that voters believe special interests run the show in Washington. The survey also showed voters strongly favor revamping the campaign finance system with the Fair Elections Now Act.

 

In Response To Citizens United Ruling, Business Leaders Urge Congress To Pass Fair Elections Now Act

Forty-one business leaders from a diverse cross-section of industries sent a letter to Congressional leadership in response to the Roberts' Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC. According to the distinguished group, the Fair Elections Now Act is the most comprehensive response to yesterday's terrible decision.

 

Rep. John Larson Has the Answer

Lead House sponsor Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) discusses the importance of the Fair Elections Now Act in the face of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on Citizens United v. FEC in an interview with National Journal.

San Fransisco Chronicle Editorializes On Pending Supreme Court Case, The Fair Elections Now Act

Yesterday the San Fransisco Chronicle ran an editorial on the pending Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. FEC, it's potential impact on the flow of corporate cash into our elections and the push for the Fair Elections Now Act.